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The FHFA acknowledged at the end of November 2017 that housing prices are on the rise, leading to a necessary rise in the limits as well. As home prices rise, the maximum loan limit needs to rise so homebuyers can borrow enough to cover the cost of their new home purchase. The new limits set by the FHFA reflect the increase in home prices across the country, making it easier for more borrowers to qualify for financing and achieve the goal of homeownership.
This is only the second time since 2006 that the conforming loan limits for loans purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have risen. It indicates a strong recovery in the U.S. housing market, as conforming levels were mandated by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 to remain at $417,000 until home prices returned to pre-crisis levels.
Baseline maximum conforming loan limits are increasing from $424,100 to $453,100 in 2018 for the contiguous 48 states. In high-cost areas, ceiling loan limits for one-unit properties will increase from $636,150 to $679,650, which is 150% of $453,100.
For a map of maximum loan limits by county, click here.